Mote Lunch & Learn: Celebrating Mote’s history of marine science in Israel

Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific research has a long standing history of international reach and impact. Starting with Dr. Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking shark research in the early 1950s, Mote and Israeli scientists have maintained close research collaborations. Since Dr. Clark made that first trip to the Red Sea, Mote has experienced tremendous growth both locally and internationally. In celebration of Israel turning seventy this year Mote is hosting a lunch and learn called, “Celebrating Mote’s history of marine science in Israel” on Tuesday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m. in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Attendees will enjoy a boxed lunch while learning more about the Mote-Israel Cooperative Marine Research Program (MIC). This program brings Mote and Israeli scientists together to conduct research on marine issues of global concern. Among these issues is the impact of climate change such as the effects of temperature change and ocean acidification on corals and coral reefs.  One example of this is the collaboration between Mote scientists Dr. Emily Hall and Dr. Erinn Muller and Israeli scientist, Dr. Moaz Fine as they work together to better understand how ocean acidification and coral health and disease play in the resiliency of Red Sea coral. Mote-Israeli Cooperative partners also focus on fisheries enhancement, sustainable fish farming, and other marine topics of international interest.They work together in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

“Mote’s collaborative research is as unique as the ecosystems in which we are working. The diversity of perspective has allowed us to transfer knowledge across oceans and implement processes that will benefit species near and far,” shared Dr. Michael P. Crosby, President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory. Both the U.S. and Israel are tied to the sea and Mote and its counterparts in Israel are building relationships and supporting international marine science diplomacy to benefit our oceans.“This lunch and learn is an opportunity to share with the local community the value of these international partnerships and how information shared between global institutions can help make a difference for the future of our marine environment.”

The event is free of charge and will be held in the Emily and Roland Abraham New Pass Room in Mote’s Keating Education Building on City Island.  Space is limited and RSVP is required. To RSVP please email Amanda Chandler, by Wednesday, January 17.